January 9, 2012 | by Lisa Mattson


Kicking off 40th anniversary festivities with art initiative in four cities awarding nearly $35,000 in cash prizes

HEALDSBURG, CA (January 9, 2012) — In honor of its 40th anniversary in 2012, California icon Jordan Vineyard & Winery has created the 4 on 4 Art Competition, a four-city initiative that challenges local artists to create a commemorative work of art that blends the elegance of Jordan wines with the flavor of each city. The four cities include: Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Over the years, the Jordans have commissioned artists to capture the beauty of the winery chateau through the seasons—its ivy-draped façade, window boxes sprouting spring flowers, the antique clock above a sweeping balcony. To celebrate a special dual anniversary this spring—both the founding of the winery and second-generation vintner John Jordan’s 40th birthday—Jordan Vineyard & Winery is bringing wine country to artists in their own backyards, challenging talented professionals to conceive a work of art that combines the essence of Jordan wine with each city’s distinct flavors of wine, food and design. This art competition is the first of several exciting initiatives the venerable winery has planned in 2012.

A panel of expert judges from each city’s art and food communities will select the top three works of art that meet competition criteria. Prizes in each city include: $5,000 for the grand award, $2,000 for first runner-up and $1,000 for second runner-up, with slightly varied prize levels in the New York competition. Nationwide, the competition will award nearly $35,000 in cash to artists. In addition to cash prizes, winning artists will be featured in 1-2 art exhibitions, publicity campaigns and Jordan 40th anniversary commemorative gifts. The grand award-winning works of art will be transformed into four, limited-edition pieces for the winery’s customers.

“It’s fitting that we’re kicking off our 40th anniversary in Miami because in many ways the success of Jordan wines really started in South Florida,” said John Jordan, chief executive officer and proprietor of Jordan Vineyard & Winery. “Harvey Chaplin and Mel Dick were building the wine portfolio at Southern Wine & Spirits back in the 1970s and 1980s, and my parents developed a relationship with them early on. Since the inaugural 1976 vintage, the attention that Jordan received from Southern leadership and the restaurateurs in the Miami area really made a big difference in terms of carving out the niche that we’ve occupied so successfully for decades.”

4 on 4 from Coast to Coast

MIAMI: The competition began January 5 with the 4 on 4 Miami call for entries, organized by the Bakehouse Art Complex. The Bakehouse will also host a public exhibition and Jordan wine tasting at its gallery in Miami on March 29, 2012. To reserve event tickets, click here. For more information about the 4 on 4 Miami Art Competition, click here.

NEW YORK: Hosted by the New York Foundation for the Arts, 4 on 4 New York’s call for artist entries begins January 9, with top five competitors announced at a private Jordan 40th anniversary event in New York April 5. A public exhibition and wine tasting event, featuring an awards ceremony for grand award and prize winners of the top five, will be held in May. New York prizes vary slightly from other participating cities. For more information about the 4 on 4 New York Art Competition, click here.

LOS ANGELES:  Organized by LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), 4 on 4 Los Angeles’s call for entries commenced January 17.  A public exhibition and Jordan wine tasting will be hosted April 11 at Hadid Gallery in West Hollywood. To reserve event tickets, click here. For more information on 4 on 4 Los Angeles, click here.

DALLAS: 4 on 4 Dallas will be hosted in conjunction with D Magazine and Rising Gallery. Its call for artist entries runs through March 30, 2012, with winners announced at a private Jordan 40th anniversary event in Dallas the last week of April. A public exhibition event and Jordan wine tasting will be held at Rising Gallery on April 24, 2012. To reserve event tickets, click here. For more information on 4 on 4 Dallas, click here.


Follow the latest updates on the 4 on 4 Art Competition via Twitter:

Hashtag: #4on4art
Jordan Vineyard & Winery – @jordanwinery
Bakehouse Art Complex – @BACMiami
New York Foundation for the Arts – @nyfacurrent
LACE – @welcometoLACE
D Magazine – @DMagazine
Rising Gallery – @RISINGgallery

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Additional 40th anniversary news and events will be announced in February.


Inspired by the masterful wine, food and hospitality of France, Tom and Sally Jordan followed their hearts from Colorado to California’s bourgeoning wine country in 1972. That spring, they signed the deed on their first piece of land in Alexander Valley on the very same day their son, John, was born. They quickly planted their first vineyard with a vision for creating a singular Cabernet Sauvignon that could rival the finest wines of Bordeaux. When the first vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon debuted, it was an immediate success due to its elegance and early approachability, as well as its affinity for food. The Jordan family has spent the last four decades quietly building a reputation for relentless quality, graceful ageability and remarkable consistency vintage after vintage. For more information, visit www.jordanwinery.com.